Saturday, 28 May 2011

Bliddy technology

What is happening this week ..... blogger playing silly beggars and not allowing me to leave comments on some blogs ..... poor bloggers must think they are being totally ignored by everyone this week as the problem seems to be quite widespread.  Now I am having problems with the lappy and logging into certain programs especially my e-mail account ... I keep getting a message saying I need ActiveX to be enabled .... it is flaming enabled but it still won't let me in and then to top it all this afternoon I can't get into my Virgin on-demand service.  A very polite and pleasant young lady called Melody with a strong Indian accent informed me that lots of customers were reporting the same problem and that they were looking into it.

Anyhoo back to things crafty and thrifty and vintage.

Last Saturday was the 5th Northampton Vintage & Handmade Fair .... this is a fantastic event with oodles of vintage loveliness, friendly sellers who are mostly bloggers too so great to put faces to names and organised by Ann and Trevor who do a great job.  Here are a few photos I took ...

It was a quieter day than usual but there was a similar event on at Stony Stratford which isn't too far away so we were probably sharing the vintage lovers that day.  Ann and Trevor are organising another fair on Saturday 9th July at a new venue in Olney ... I have my table booked and I'm looking forward to this one too as Olney is a lovely little market town.

I made one small purchase at the end of the day .... I don't know how I had missed it on my little circuits round the room earlier in the day but OH came in and said there's one of those baby picture you like out there and he pointed to Debbie's stall.  I grabbed my purse and ran over and there sat this


It's not by Lilian Rowles this time .... Bessie Pease Gutmann is the artist for this one ..... Bessie was an American illustrator and artist and was at her most prolific during the early 1900s.  There style is so similar and I just love them .... look at the little verse on this one.

So this little darling will now hang with my only other Gutmann which OH also spotted at the car boot a few weeks back (he's getting good .... I must pull my socks up!)

On the crafting front I have nearly finished my hexi quilt ..... just a little more hand stitching to do and then the binding and thankfully my poor little pinkie has recovered although the end of it feels like a piece of old leather.

I am champing at the bit to start another quilt ... I have an order for a single size blue & white one and I've collected all the fabrics together (some from Patch Fabrics & Haberdashery) .... just need to get started.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend whatever you are doing x

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Quilter's finger and other matters ....

Ooh ahhh ouch

My poor finger has been pricked to pieces in the quest to hand sew a hexi quilt .... I can't get on with a thimble and I've tried the little rubber wotsits used to collate paper but just cannot use them either so I am giving my pinkie a rest for a few days.  Here is progress so far .... looks like it will be single size by the time I am finished and I am just using remnants and offcuts from other projects.

Hexis are great little time fillers ..... I keep a basket where I pop my scraps, templates and supplies and I just dip in and out when I have a little spare time!

On Friday I met with Serenata of The Balancing Kiwi blog and if you pop over there you will find a lovely amusing account of our day

this is Tatty  ... Scruff's partner in crime

He is growing on me and looks better now he is at home than he did on a dusty old market stall ... he still needs a visit to the poodle parlour though !

Serenata had found a print by Lilian Rowles at an antiques fair earlier this year and had kindly brought it along to add to my collection .... isn't she beautiful

I missed my car booting yesterday because I had the grands on sleepover on Friday night but I made up for it this morning .... are you ready

one large lined curtain in a fabulous Beatrix Potter print ... it is covered with little cameos of all the favourite characters

A Beswick Flower/Posy Vase

A large ice blue 1930s glass bowl

A complete set of 75 copies of Golden Hands magazine from the early 1970s   .... does anyone fancy knitting a very stylish housecoat ;-)

Some wonderful magazines from 1951

 which will probably be coming with me to the Northampton Vintage Fair this coming Saturday 21st May  .... I can't wait as it is fantastic venue with oodles of vintage loveliness and of course some equally lovely bloggers ..... hope to see your there x